PEARS batsman Tom Kohler-Cadmore experienced a close shave after play was abandoned on day one of the game against Kent as he had his head shaved.
The kind-hearted Kohler-Cadmore took the plunge in support of friend and team-mate Tom Fell who is undergoing chemotherapy in his battle with testicular and lymph node cancer.
Fell has just had the second of three bouts of chemotherapy and Kohler-Cadmore said he hoped to raise £5,000 for Cancer Resarch UK.
His campaign has got off to a stunning start with around £2,218 already pledged from Pears supporters.
After seeing their team-mate take the plunge, Worcestershire’s players then played their part with Joe Leach, Ed Barnard, Brett D’Oliveira and Ben Cox taking buckets into the crowd to raise £788.84 for the charity
Malvern barber John Pugh of the Three Of A Kind shop carried out the shaving as his Worcestershire team-mates and support staff looked on.
“I’m just trying to raise as much money as I can but also for me it’s a good way for me to support Tom,” Kohler-Cadmore said.
“I think everyone has had someone in their life affected by cancer and it’s one of those things we have got to try and beat as soon as we can.
“I just felt with Tom losing his hair it’s a massive thing and as a friend if I am walking around with a shaved head it’s not as noticeable with the two of us.
“It’s nice for me and to be honest it’s quite an easy haircut!,” he added.
The top-order batsman said news of Fell’s diagnosis had hit hard both the dressing room and at home as Fell lives with Kohler-Cadmore and George Rhodes.
“He is one of main lads in the dressing room, everyone loves him he’s a big character so it’s a big loss,” he said.
“Me and George Rhodes live with him so it’s a bit quiet at the moment, it’s not the same without him and we hope he’s back sooner rather than later.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/tom-kohler-cadmore for more information about his campaign and to donate.